|First posted 3/31/2020.|
Dave’s Music Database – Songs:
The Top 2%
Of all the lists generated by Dave’s Music Database, the granddaddy is the list of the top songs of all time. At one time, it was a list of 1000 songs, but it has now been expanded so that there is a list of the top 1% of all songs in Dave’s Music Database (over 103,000 songs). That list has been created by aggregating hundreds of best-of song lists alongside chart figures, radio and video airplay, sales data, and various honors and awards.
To call either list “the top songs of all time” is a bit of a misnomer. It is really a list of the top songs in the history of recorded music: from 1890 to the present. Still, that’s a much wider swath than most supposedly “best of all time” lists cover.
At one time, that list also included honorable mentions, which were songs formerly in the top 1000. Since the honorable mentions list grew to more than 500 songs, the logical conclusion was to create a part 2 for the top songs of all time. Hence, this list – the songs which fall in the top 2% of all songs in Dave’s Music Database.
Like the 1% list, songs are listed in chronological order; dates in parentheses are for the song’s first chart appearance unless noted otherwise. Click on a song title to see its DMDB page with more details such as general information about the song, videos, lyrics, links to buy songs, chart stats, sales figures, and awards.
Note: this was originally a top 1000 list, but has been expanded to represent the top 1% of songs (now more than 103,000) in Dave’s Music Database.
You can navigate quickly to different points on this list by clicking on any of the below: